It was high times in Tel Aviv yesterday.
A drone dropped hundreds of cannabis bags in the Israeli city on Thursday afternoon in Rabin Square — stoking confusion and mild excitement as passersby rushed to score as many cannabis bags as they could carry, according to an initial report from The Jerusalem Post.
Drone delivers cannabis in Tel Aviv, Israel
The public was ecstatic when bags of green cannabis fell from the sky into Tel Aviv, courtesy of the "green drone" Telegram group — which pushes for the legalization of the psychotropic drug in Israel.
For many, it was probably fine; the group's slogan is "free love."
Before it rained cannabis in Tel Aviv, the group published a message on Telegram, teasing at the coming of the green rain.
"It's time my dear brothers. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the green drone, handing out free cannabis from the sky... Enjoy my beloved brothers, this is your pilot brother, making sure we all get some free love," read the message.
'Rain of cannabis' as distribution mode amid COVID-19
The message also said the operation was part of the group's public declaration of a new delivery system called "rain of cannabis."
"We're launching the 'rain of cannabis' project, that [sic] will include a weekly delivery to different parts of the country of 1 kilo [2.2 lbs] of cannabis divided into free 2 gram [.07-oz] bags," said the message.
The ones behind the operation also spoke about the imminent threat of a lockdown imposed by government forces — aiming to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving their take that it "requires thinking outside of the box and coming up with new ways of getting cannabis to consumers" — which inspired them to create the project.
A drone dropped packets of cannabis over a main square in Tel Aviv after activists seeking to legalize the drug in Israel promised free weed from the air on social media https://t.co/3Jpz5PZRirpic.twitter.com/TfQfQnJqh5— Reuters (@Reuters) September 4, 2020
Police arrest two suspects, subject to punitive measures
The police quickly followed the incident with a report that it had arrested two suspects in their 30s who allegedly controlled the drone that flew over Rabin Square and rained bags of cannabis into the scattered pedestrians below.
Authorities said the distribution of a substance suspected as dangerous by them is illegal. The arrested suspects will be interrogated, and are potentially subject to additional punitive measures.
While more nations consider cannabis non-harmful than ever before — with some even legalizing it — there are still many that continue to exercise harsh restrictions on the plant, and consider it a threat to public well-being. For cannabis, it seems, distribution is still a risky business.